Saturday, February 13, 2010

Day 179: Woodcraft show

Today was the big event at Woodcraft in Chandler.  The Arizona Woodturners Association was on hand with a lathe, a number of gouges, and some wood to demonstrate with.  They also had contests going that were judged by 3 professional woodworkers; Scott Phillips of the PBS TV Program "The American Woodshop", Marc Spagnulo of "The Wood Whisperer", and David Steston - one of the founders of the Caricature Carvers of America.  I entered 4 piece into the turning category and was pleased to win 3rd place with the set of 3 nested bowls shown here.  They're Eucalyptus Burl with coffee grounds and epoxy for filler.  This set of 3 bowls was also shown at the Chandler Center for the Arts last year.

The demonstratios we had running all day were very well recieved.  We put on a good show and made a huge mess turning green wood and throwing shavings all over the place.  I think we got several people interested in turning and got several experience turners signed up for the club and even more interested in attending the meeting next Saturday where I will be demonstrating.  Late in the afternoon Scott Phillips took his turn on the club lathe and turned a small lidded box out of some Walnut.  Over the course of the day I turned 2 small olive bowls, a Shoestring Acacia bowl, a Chinese Elm bowl, a small multi axis piece in Shoestring Acacia spindle, and a small Mesquite goblet with a captured ring. 

Lots of fun with old friends, new friends, and helping spread the art and craft of woodturning.

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